University Core Curriculum

The University Core Curriculum (UCOR) provides a common educational experience for undergraduate students, which uniquely expresses the Spiritan-Catholic identity of Duquesne University.  A collection of courses with emphasis on the liberal arts, the University Core Curriculum is required of all students enrolled in Duquesne’s undergraduate degree programs. The identity of Duquesne University is reflected in the “Guiding Vision,” the “Student-Centered Purpose,” and the “Educational Values” of the University Core Curriculum.

Guiding Vision

Education that informs the mind, engages the heart, and invigorates the spirit is the guiding vision of the University Core Curriculum of Duquesne University, an urban Catholic university in the Spiritan tradition. This vision takes its inspiration from the University’s mission, specifically the commitment to excellence in education and concern for moral and spiritual values, especially the Spiritan values of global justice and the kinship of all peoples. The Duquesne general education curriculum prepares students to search for truth, with attention to how faith and reason together contribute to that search, and to exercise wise, creative and responsible leadership in the service of others and in the fashioning of a more just world.

Student Centered Purpose

In keeping with this Catholic-Spiritan vision, the purpose of the University Core Curriculum is the education of the whole person through a study of the liberal arts that emphasizes the students’ intellectual and ethical development. Through acquiring the modes of inquiry particular to the humanities and the social and natural sciences, students expand their self-understanding and their knowledge of the world. The University Core provides students with the opportunity to explore how religious faith and spiritual values enrich human life. By connecting learning in the classroom to community service, students are encouraged to develop as responsible, global citizens.

Educational Values

  1. Academic excellence through the pursuit of truth
  2. Education in the liberal arts and sciences that recognizes the inherent dignity of every person and the uniqueness of individual creative expression
  3. Knowledge of human culture and of the natural world that enriches the individual and enables personal and communal growth in social and environmental responsibility
  4. Spiritual and moral development and ecumenical openness that fosters inter-religious understanding
  5. Civic engagement in service learning that links academic knowledge of society with real life issues and concerns
  6. Intellectual honesty and academic integrity